Normalization is Letting the Anger Fade

N. Youngallyship, Causes, Culture0 Comments

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When speaking with my friends of color since the election on November 8th, 2016, I have said repeatedly that one of the few bright moments on November 9th was the reaction of my white friends. Their disillusionment was real, it was visceral, and it was the moment when I was most … Read More

Fire Up

Zakiya JacksonCulture, Uncategorized0 Comments

Shoot your shot in 2017 Fam. As winter has come and persists, the season to be thirsty provides opportunity to get you some.  Or at least to try and get you some. lol. 😉 Whether “some” is a friend to go to movies and concerts with, an activist bae, or … Read More

Black Gamers Should Play Watch Dogs 2

Cameron WilliamsUncategorized0 Comments

Being black and playing video games usually involves being a willing participant in your own cognitive dissonance. You passionately advocate for representation in all forms of media, but thoroughly enjoy games with all-white cast members. You decry stereotypes of your race in entertainment, but some of your favorite black characters are rehashed racist tropes … Read More

Protecting Light in Times of Darkness 

Kyle SouthernArts & Entertainment, Causes, Society0 Comments

Last Sunday, I attended the annual Candlelight Service at the church here in Nashville where I am a member. The service includes familiar anthems of the Advent season as Christmas approaches. The program is simple: Scriptures are read, followed by the congregation’s singing of hymns echoing themes from those scriptures. … Read More

Betrayal

Zakiya JacksonCulture0 Comments

I loved a jazz musician once.  We met when I was 15. I didn’t love him until I was 27. The third time was a charm for him. He won me over. I remember the day I knew he was winning. He insisted on visiting me at work one afternoon. … Read More

Embracing Failure

Nikita NaikUncategorized0 Comments

The first step to being sorta good at something: you gotta suck at it.   When learning something new, most people are novices at most things. Failure is not just an option, it’s almost guaranteed. It seems so obvious, doesn’t it? As someone who chases perfectionism, however, this has never … Read More

Weep With Me

Zakiya JacksonArts & Entertainment, Culture0 Comments

Who will weep with me  I can feel the ancestors hoping  praying dripping with blood fervor anticipation Who will weep with me as the recoil of mixed up emotions  identities  spoken words wrestle in my bones in the marrow of my life who will weep with me for beautiful sacred … Read More

October is Black Speculative Fiction Month!!!!

Nilo ThomasArts & Entertainment, Culture, Uncategorized0 Comments

October is Black Speculative Fiction Month and I am excited for the events, giveaways, meetings, webinars, and brunches with different authors and writers who want to celebrate and honor Black writers, filmmakers, artists, and creatives and their extraordinary work in Speculative Fiction! The past two years or so I have … Read More

Bitch.

Nikita NaikUncategorized0 Comments

The New York Times published an article intriguingly titled “The Bitch America Needs,” detailing the use of the word “bitch” as “both an epithet and an honorific” for Hillary Clinton not only throughout this election year, but since her emergence in the public eye, as the wife of Bill Clinton … Read More

Emotions and Questions: A Poem

Nilo ThomasArts & Entertainment, Causes0 Comments

I wanna scream so bad I wanna stand up and shout, “You can’t do that!” I wanna yell at this country that has been my home since berfore my mother and father even met The country I call home… The place I have dreamt of in my deepest of dreams … Read More